Detroit at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: M. Maroth (3-2) L: J. Washburn (2-1)
HR: DET - B. Inge (3)   ANA - R. Quinlan (1)

Tigers 10, Angels 1

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Maroth thinks all the losing he did two years ago made him a better pitcher.

The left-hander pitched three-hit ball over eight innings Sunday, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 10-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels and looking nothing like the pitcher who finished 9-21 with a 5.73 ERA in 2003.

"I learned a lot about how to deal with adversity," said Maroth, who pitched a one-hitter July 16, 2004, against the New York Yankees. "I had to play with my back against the wall a lot, and it made me tougher. Going through that has brought me to where I am today."

Maroth (3-2) lost his first nine decisions two years ago, the first Tigers pitcher to do that since Ted Gray in 1953. By season's end, he became the first 20-game loser in the majors since Oakland's Brian Kingman in 1980, and Detroit's first since Mickey Lolich in 1974.

But that is all behind him now, and his teammates have a greater appreciation for him because of all the hits he took -- and gave up.

"That year when he lost 21, I had so much respect for him going out there and taking the ball," first baseman Dmitri Young said. "When he lost his 20th, nobody knew at the time that his grandmother passed away like the day before. And he still wanted the ball.

"That says a lot about the guy and about his character, that he could go out there in extremely difficult conditions to help the team win. What doesn't kill him only makes him stronger. And if that didn't build him up, he wouldn't be here right now."

Vladimir Guerrero's infield single in the first was the Angels' only hit until Robb Quinlan drove Maroth's first pitch of the sixth off the top of the center-field fence for his first home run since Aug. 6 against Kansas City's Darrell May.

"I thought his ball had great movement," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "He had a lot of grounders and popups, which meant he kept them off-balance. That's Mike Maroth. I mean, that's what you're looking for when you get him.

"He's got a little more experience now. I mean, you're not going to see any more velocity, but he knows the hitters now and he knows their weaknesses. And when you hit your spots and change speeds, you can win."

Maroth struck out two, walked two and breezed to the victory after his teammates staked him to an 8-0 lead in the first three innings.

Brandon Inge led off the game with a home run and Ivan Rodriguez triggered a seven-run third with a three-run triple, helping the Tigers beat the defending AL West champs for the second day in a row after losing 21 of the previous 25 meetings.

Jarrod Washburn (2-1) lasted only 2 1/3 innings, surrendering six runs and eight hits. It was the left-hander's shortest outing since June 20 at Houston, when he left after two innings because of back stiffness.

"I think Wash is at his best when he's a pitcher and not a thrower," manager Mike Scioscia said. "When he changes speeds and hits his spots, he's a tough pitcher. But when he tries to play powerball too much, he's been roughed up a little. If you're not changing speeds and creating soft spots in the zone that you can pitch to, it doesn't matter how hard you throw."

The Angels had allowed just 10 earned runs in their previous 58 innings.

"I let the team down today and I let the rest of the starters down," Washburn said. "We had a heck of a run going, and I didn't keep it going."

Inge was 0-for-10 lifetime against Washburn before driving his second pitch of the game to left-center for his third homer, and first of his career leading off a game.

In the third, Rodriguez cleared the bases with a drive over the head of left fielder Garret Anderson that took a weird carom off the bullpen fence and rolled toward the alley.

Rondell White added an RBI single one out later, and Young followed with a double into the left-field corner on Washburn's 53rd and final pitch. White slowed down approaching third, but kept going after Anderson bobbled the ball. It was only the seventh error by Anderson in his last 576 games.

Kevin Gregg relieved Washburn and walked four of his first five batters, including Logan and Inge, to force in two more runs. Gregg threw 28 pitches that inning, one more than Washburn.

The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the seventh on a throwing error by second baseman Chone Figgins and an RBI double by Ramon Martinez that chased Gregg.


Gregg has walked 15 in 18 2/3 innings. Last season he issued 28 walks in 87 2/3 innings and set a record for Angels relievers with 13 wild pitches -- including an AL-record four in one game at Seattle. ... Maroth has a 9.31 ERA in his two losses and a 2.20 ERA in his other five starts -- including a pair of no-decisions he left with a lead.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game

B. Inge
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

M. Maroth
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 2

Related Video

Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B4222100 .304
Ivan Rodriguez, C4113023 .297
   a- Vance Wilson, PH-C1000010 .167
Carlos Guillen, DH4010021 .387
   b- Jason Smith, PH-DH1010000 .217
Rondell White, LF4221000 .279
    Marcus Thames, LF1000001 .191
Dmitri Young, 1B5130000 .311
Craig Monroe, RF4200102 .245
Ramon Martinez, SS4011000 .294
Omar Infante, 2B3110101 .237
Nook Logan, CF3111100 .338
a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 8th
b-singled for Guillen in the 9th
2B - Dmitri Young (5, Washburn), Ramon Martinez (1, Gregg)
3B - Ivan Rodriguez (1, Washburn)
HR - Brandon Inge (3, Washburn)
RBI - Brandon Inge 2 (16), Ivan Rodriguez 3 (17), Rondell White (15), Ramon Martinez (1), Nook Logan (7)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge (5), Ramon Martinez (1), Nook Logan (4)
CS - Carlos Guillen (1, 2nd base by Washburn/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Inge-Infante-Young
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth (W,3-2) 8311221 3.83
Matt Ginter 1000000 3.95
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 98-59, Matt Ginter 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 10-11, Matt Ginter 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 28, Matt Ginter 3
Los Angeles Angels
Darin Erstad, 1B3000000 .256
    Dallas McPherson, 3B1000001 .200
Chone Figgins, 2B-SS3000100 .286
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4010001 .322
Garret Anderson, LF2000111 .295
    David Matranga, 2B1000000 .000
Juan Rivera, RF3000001 .227
Orlando Cabrera, SS3000001 .239
    Josh Paul, LF0000000 .118
Steve Finley, CF2000010 .187
    Jeff DaVanon, CF1000000 .214
Robb Quinlan, 3B-1B3111000 .156
Jose Molina, C3010000 .160
HR - Robb Quinlan (1, Maroth)
RBI - Robb Quinlan (2)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Matranga-Figgins
E - Garret Anderson (2, misplayed ball), Chone Figgins (4, Wild throw to first trying for DP)
Los Angeles Angels
Jarrod Washburn (L,2-1) 2.1877001 4.07
Kevin Gregg 4.1332440 6.27
Esteban Yan 1.1000010 3.07
Jake Woods 1200000 1.74
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 53-33, Kevin Gregg 83-51, Esteban Yan 15-9, Jake Woods 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 5-1, Kevin Gregg 7-2, Esteban Yan 1-2
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 14, Kevin Gregg 20, Esteban Yan 4, Jake Woods 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43587
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Joe Brinkman